The United States government and the manufacturing industry have recently partnered together to tear down the walls between private and public assistance to manufacturers. The government has worked with the industry to establish private-public networks of programs and services dedicated to helping small to mid-sized manufacturers start their businesses, expand operations capabilities, and generate a higher profit.
By establishing such a partnership, more jobs and revenue are created and expanded every day in our country’s economy. Assisting MBE’s pursue the manufacturing industry only helps them grow their companies faster and therefore hire more people. This partnership is helping to lower unemployment while promoting American-made products and distribution.
Many manufacturing owners and workers in the United States are minorities. Released by the U.S. Department of Commerce this year, it was calculated that Minority-Owned Manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers in the U.S. This government-industry partnership is expanding opportunities for minorities often locked out of the workforce in our country.
Spearheaded by National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has identified this beneficial partnership and expanded its reach to minority business owners around the country. The MBDA supports job growth and expansion for minorities by equipping minority entrepreneurs and leveraging their natural strengths in both domestic and global markets. By answering the manufacturing call, the MBDA is working to build more business for minority business enterprise (MBE) manufacturers than ever before.
“We have been working on a national initiative with the U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA to focus on manufacturers from the MBE community. This community is often overlooked by the general manufacturing community and in general does not access the myriad of national and local resources and expertise available to all manufacturers. Our goal is to help OEMs, corporations, the MBE manufacturing community, and stakeholders connect in a meaningful way,” says Donna Ennis, Project Director of the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta.
Ennis leads the MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Working Group, which is building a nationwide community of MBE manufacturers through its national network of 44 MBDA Business Centers. To this end, she launched the Connecting Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP) focused on providing contracting opportunities; assistance with launching new technologies, and building a nationwide ecosystem of MBE Manufacturers.
As a result of CAMP, the National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2016 was birthed. The Summit is designed to bring MBE manufacturers from around the country together with OEMs, corporations, and other stakeholders for partnerships, supply chain business opportunities and compelling content on manufacturing best practices, innovation trends, and commercial-ready research to expand business opportunities. Visit the website for more information on the summit.
The other area of industry intervention and innovation for the Atlanta MBDA Business Center is healthcare. As a member of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, the Atlanta MBDA Business Center identifies existing healthcare firms to partner with MBE manufacturers ready to supply healthcare corporations.